Hello, I hope someone here at this extremely knowledgeable forum has dealt with this problem I am having that is probably the worst I have ever seen. I have a weird video effect that manifests itself into many of my computer games, completely ruining them and rendering them unplayable. The affected games off the top of my head include: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Full Spectrum Warrior, Brothers in Arms, World of Warcraft, Knights of the Old Republic, Call of Duty, and Far Cry, although some are worse than others.
The symptoms go like this. I will begin playing a game, and after a minute or two of being in-game, spots begin to appear rapidly for a split second all over the screen, then soon after, lines begin to appear between objects that are in the game like trees, houses, what have you in the color of the objects that make it so that I cannot see anything past these obstructions that change with the movements of my mouse.
It’s hard to explain, so I made this site in order to show you some of the pictures I took while playing Far Cry today.
Any ideas would be much appreciated, because this is a serious waste considering that I paid for these games and am unable to enjoy them.
I am running:
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.0GHz processor
MSI K8N Neo Platinum Motherboard with onboard soundcard
Radeon 9800 Pro
WD 120 Gb hard drive with < 50% used disk space
And my whole system is less than a year old, with a very cool running environment.
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12th February 2004
Looks pretty bad to me... are you overclocking your 9800 at all? It sounds like the fan might have stopped or something and it is getting too hot (60-70c+). The spots happen on my 9600pro only if I OC it though. Take the side off and feel the heatsink with a knuckle or inside wrist while it's running to get an idea of the temp. ***Backseat modding?*** Maybe there will be more responses in the Tech discussion.
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27th May 2004
I always used to get the same problem, try getting the latest drivers for your card and you may get improved performance. It fixed the problem for me.
Yeah, I was going to suggest updating your video drivers, and also making sure your card is nice a cool.
Well I have some good news and some bad news. I found the source of the problem, but it is a lot more serious than outdated drivers. I checked my video card while the computer was running a few minutes ago, and I lo and behold the fan is completely dead! It is as still as a corpse, and is hard to spin using my fingers even. I cleaned all visible dust from it, but I think it seems like the internal mechanisms are fried, as it spins more easily at different points in the revolution. I need to get it replaced, and I am going to take the fan to the computer store right away, but do you know if there could be any permanent damage to the GPU? I feel ill when the heatsink goes from room temperature to untouchably hot within seconds of the computers startup. Thank you for your advice.
Well if the fan is dead then it be wise just to get a new video card. 9800 are outdated now big time. Get a Nvidia 6800GT, ATI X800 XL, or a Nvidia 6600GT.
I had that happen to my "Mad dog" GeForce FX 5200 once. I E-mailed the company and they sent me a new fan for it. I would go ahaead and get a better video card anyway.
Buy a better card. :)